Thaniya /K


Thaniya is the former founding head of mobile + platforms and founding head of product at TED. She was most recently responsible for overall strategic direction, investment, product, growth, and operations on all non web platforms owned and operated by TED.  Her passion lies in the intersection of human-computer interaction, design, and behavioral economics. Prior to TED she led product development for live game experiences at MLB for seven years. Her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including Emmy, Peabody, Adobe MAX, Webby, DigiDay, and the National Design Award. She's is an active advisor for various projects at StoryCorps and National Geographic Learning, a start-up mentor at Grand Central Tech, and a jury member for The Webbys, One Club for Creativity and NextCreativeLeaders awards.

An outspoken advocate for women leadership in technology, Thaniya gave a talk at TEDxPortland on designing habits for diversity and inclusion. She is an avid surfer, snowboarder, and traveler. Her primary hobby sits somewhere between design nerdery and travel photography.


Currently: Head of Product, Creators at Patreon.

Reading: Let My People Go Surfing 

Listening: WorkLife by Adam Grant



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"The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget."

- Arundhati Roy